With towels over their heads to hide their frustration in the waning moments of their fourth consecutive loss to a team that is now tied with them at 2-8, the Atlanta Falcons have officially hit rock bottom not only as a team, but in the standings as well. In the latest blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that made the Falcons look like a 12-year-old peewee squad, they have now occupied the seat that the Buccaneers have kept warm for 11 weeks.
In the latest standings, the defending NFC South champions are now dead last in the NFC South and tied for the second worst record in the NFL, trailing only the Jacksonville Jaguars who are currently 1-8.
Through 11 weeks, the Falcons theme have been Eminem’s song Rock Bottom, as the Falcons continue their path to the depths of the sea, and possibly on their way to the core of Mother Earth. The hole that the Falcons have dug themselves is so deep, that not even Bruce Wayne could climb out of it.
Super Bowl was supposed to be the goal for a team that has had five consecutive winning seasons and the second most wins during that time span, but instead, the Falcons have had to shift their focus in not trying to finish with the worst record overall … even if that is the best thing for the Falcons to do at this point. With six games left of this miserable season, the Falcons can finish no better than 8-8.
With games against the New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers still left on their schedule, the Falcons’ chances of finishing with a losing record for the first time in the coach Mike Smith Era are pretty high. In fact, the Falcons may not win any more games for the rest of the season, even against a Washington Redskins team that has one of the worst defenses in the league.
In just less than a year, it is truly amazing to see how far the Falcons have fallen from nearly yards away from advancing to the Super Bowl in 2012 to being one of the worst teams in the NFL in 2013. As the Falcons prepare not to get slaughtered in the coming weeks, the only good news for the Falcons is that they can’t sink any lower.
This season is the definition of a bust, and the Falcons have indeed sunk to the deepest parts of the ocean and may never get a chance to come up for air during the remainder of their season.